BYU’s School of Music presents comic opera ‘The Elixir of Love’

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BYU’s School of Music is set to premiere its first spring opera, “The Elixir of Love,” with a full orchestral accompaniment in the de Jong Concert Hall in the HFAC June 11–14.

BYU's School of Music presents the romantic, comic opera "The Elixir of Love" June 11-14 in the De Jong Concert Hall. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU)
BYU’s School of Music presents the romantic comic opera “The Elixir of Love” June 11–14 in the De Jong Concert Hall. (Jaren Wilkey/BYU)

Based off of Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti’s 1832 “L’elisir d’amore,” “The Elixir of Love” is a romantic comedy BYU students may be able to relate to. The story explores the lighthearted side of love and tells the story of Nemorino, a young, humble peasant who becomes infatuated with a beautiful landowner, Adina.

Adina torments Nemorino with her indifference toward him, as she is more interested in Sergeant Belcore. In an effort to win over his love, Nemorino purchases a “love potion” from a traveling doctor. As one can imagine, things do not go as smoothly as any of the characters hope.

The two-act play will be performed in Italian with English subtitles.

The play is four days only, June 11–14, at 7:30 p.m., in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets are $6 for June 11–12 shows and $10 for June 13–14. Tickets can be purchased at arts.byu.edu or by calling (801) 422-2981.

 

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